Tom Bihn Ristretto Messenger review: Tom Bihn Ristretto Messenger

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
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The Good Unique minimalist style; available in five color combinations; small pockets to organize the essentials; padded laptop sleeve; comfortable to carry; detachable waist strap.

The Bad Very expensive; open main compartment may slightly expose laptop to the elements.

The Bottom Line The sturdily constructed Tom Bihn Ristretto Messenger is an attractive, if expensive, option for those who want to carry their 13-inch laptops (and not much else).

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One of the biggest advantages to carrying a 13-inch laptop is its sleek portability, so it's almost a pity to carry your MacBook, MacBook Air, or ThinkPad X301 in a bulky laptop case. At least, that's the philosophy behind the Ristretto Messenger ($90) from Seattle-based designer Tom Bihn, which provides just enough space for your ultraportable laptop and a few accessories, but not much else.

Available in your choice of five color combinations (we test-drove the green bag with an orange interior), the vertically oriented Ristretto Messenger measures 12.5 inches tall, 10.5 inches wide, and 3 inches thick. Like most messenger bags, it includes a top flap that's held closed by a large plastic buckle; however, the buckle on the Ristretto is off center, and the flap features an unusual diagonal cut that adds visual interest.

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Tom Bihn Ristretto Messenger

Part Number: RistrettoMesengerOlive/Cayenne
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